Global Learning Programme Wales

World Food Day 2017


World Food Day is promoted annually by the UN to raise awareness of food and food security, and for people across the world to take action against hunger. Food security – the availability and accessibility of food – is an issue that affects everyone: World Food Day is part of the campaign for the world to reach Global Goal (SDG) 2, Zero Hunger.

World Food Day 2017 is on 16th October, and this year its theme is climate change, aiming to explore its impact on farming and our ability to feed the world.

Did you know[1]?

The Global Learning Programme in Wales (GLP-W) has produced this resource to support teachers wishing to develop their pupils’ knowledge of food. It develops enquiry and critical thinking skills, and understanding of the GLP themes of interdependence, globalisation and sustainability. It includes:

Resources focused on food and food security

About World Food Day from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation:

Action Aid

Food a fact of life

Geographical Association

Martha’s blog

A child’s blog about school dinners which grew into a campaign and included children writing from all over the world.


The Oxfam website has many resources focused on understanding food and food security. More recent ones include:

Available in Welsh:

Available in Welsh:

Practical Action

Available in Welsh:

Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS/IBG):

Teaching Citizenship

Think Global

The Think Global website has numerous resources focused on food and farming (login required). They include:

Send a Cow

WE: PSE resources focused on local/global issues, linked to taking action and fund-raising.


Resources focused on food and climate change

Action Aid resources include (login required):

Centre for Alternative Technology

GLP-W Climate Change Conference pack contains comprehensive links to climate change resources, including the following activities focused on climate change and food production.

Oxfam Education

Practical Action

Resources focused on fair trade

GLP-W Fair Trade pack: contains a progression grid linked to activities and a comprehensive list of Fair Trade resources. It includes these resources focused on food:

Christian Aid

Comic Relief


Fairtrade Wales

Foundation Phase to Key Stage 2 resources

Key Stage 3 resources


Support from the GLP-W

Appendix 1: Foods from around the world: two history activities

Activity 1; Foods from the Romans and Mayans

The Mayan people came from Central America. When Europeans reached America in the 15th Century they called it the New World. The Maya gave us these foods:

Food from the New World was brought back to Europe in Tudor and Stuart times – for example potatoes came to Europe from South America in the late 15th Century or early 16th Century.

Suggested activities:

  1. Write a food diary for the week before World Food Day. Decide which foods you would have not been able to eat without those from the New World. (How similar, and how different would your diet be?

The Romans brought us lots of new vegetables too:

  1.  Repeat the activity above for writing a food diary, using the list of foods introduced by the Romans.
  2.  Try to write a menu for the week without using foods from either the Romans or from the New World.

Activity 2; History Cookbook

Use the 'History Cookbook' website from E2BN to explore food from the history topic you are studying:  

  1.  How similar, and how different are these recipes?
  2.  Try to cook one or more of the suggested dishes for your period. How easy are they to make? What do they taste like? Hold a tasting event using food from the past. Are they as good as food today? If each year group cooks one or two dishes from 'their' history period you can have a 'Food Through the Ages' experience for the whole school - an excellent way to explore change over time!
  3. Vote to decide which is the most popular dish, and ask the school cooks to put it on the menu one day so the whole school can try it.

More research: World Food Day in the past

Even in Roman times, not everything people ate came from Italy. Use the History Cookbook website to find out what World Food Day would have looked like in the past. You will need an atlas and a blank world map.

  1. Start with the Romans. Investigate some Roman recipes and make a list of the ingredients. Then use the History Cookbook site to find out where ingredients come from, or use an encyclopaedia or search the internet. This may be called the food’s country of origin or where they are native.
  2. Finally make a Roman Food Map by marking on a world map all the ingredients and where they come from.
  3. Choose one or more periods other in history from the History Cookbook, or share different periods round your group. For each one, use your atlas to mark the ingredients and where they are from on a world map. Then compare the maps for different periods – what patterns and differences do you notice?

Appendix 2: Should we buy green beans from Kenya?

An activity plan for KS2/3 geography, numeracy and literacy, investigating


World Food Day resource created by the Geographical Association and Historical Association for the Global Learning Programme Wales


[1] Source: FAO and - this source also includes detailed case studies which may be suitable for older pupils.